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Facing the future

October 5, 2018

You may remember the kerfuffle a year or two ago when courts began to tackle the question of whether a judge can order a suspect to reveal his smart phone password so that the police could access the phone for evidence of a crime.

That’s soooo two weeks ago.

Apple and other smartphone manufacturers have developed facial recognition technology, which provides users with more security from hackers.  But I’m guessing this development is going to make law enforcement’s life a lot easier. If police obtain a warrant for a suspect’s phone, and the suspect won’t reveal his password, there’s practically no way they can access the data on the phone (though they somehow pulled it off with the San Bernardino shooter’s phone). But if they can open it just by exposing it to the suspect’s face, he may be in a heap of trouble; what court is going to rule that he has a right to privacy in his face?

Moral of the story: If you’re thinking about a life of crime, don’t buy a smartphone with facial recognition technology. Trust me.

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